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Great Central Revisited

by Kimberley Rew

Upbeat classic old school creative tuneful pop or is it rock?
Genre: Pop: 60's Pop
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1. Life Itself
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2. English Road
2:53 $0.99
3. Seven Stars
2:52 $0.99
4. Screaming Lord Sutch
3:09 $0.99
5. Ec Blues
3:21 $0.99
6. Adventures of the Underclass
1:40 $0.99
7. Philip Larkin
2:59 $0.99
8. Sick of Hearing About Your Drugs
2:47 $0.99
9. Great Central Revisited
3:16 $0.99
10. Heart of Things
3:02 $0.99
11. Purple and Orange Stripes
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12. June Barley
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13. We Will Swim Together
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Album Notes

Picture the scene. December 1980. I arrived for rehearsal at Pat Collier’s Alaska Studios, in a railway arch near Waterloo station, London. The studio’s name came from its address in Alaska Street rather than any association with the mountains, wide open spaces, polar bears etc. (As I write, the small businesses that inhabit London’s railway arches are under threat from predatory rent hikes; surely this is against Conservative principles?)
I was on time, optimistically. No one else was there, including studio staff. I stood outside the closed steel plated doorway. Several pubs and more than a few homeless people in the neighbourhood; occasionally in the morning there’d be a heap of vomit in the half hidden doorway, once an impressively large pile of human excrement.
Robyn arrived. ‘John Lennon’s been shot’ he announced. We walked over the road to get bread pudding. This was before the baking revolution and BP was a rare delicacy from a previous age. The bakery was demolished in the early 1980s to make way for an extension of the Jubilee Line of the London subway.
Within weeks, the Soft Boys were no more. Robyn appeared with new bands, one including Matthew, one including Matthew, Andy and Morris, another including Andy and Morris. ’Stars on 45’ dominated the airwaves. Was this the end of my career? By no means, I barely knew I was born. But my later brief commercial success with Katrina and the Waves wasn’t how I could have predicted it; there was much miming on a succession of TV shows around Europe among a baffling cast of spiky haired pin ups, and so on.
In March 1981 I was moonlighting at West Stow in Suffolk, helping to reconstruct an Anglo Saxon village. The phone rang. ‘Return! You’re in the studio with the dBs.’ The venue was Advision, in the heart of London’s West End, one of several recording studios at the centre of things subsequently swept away by more intense commercialism and redevelopment. The currently touring dBs were the soul of courtesy and professionalism, and very willing to spend a day off helping a fellow non mainstream musician. I exited proudly clutching a cassette of three songs.
In a month I returned to Pat and Alaska Studios with the soon to be members of Katrina and the Waves. It was announced that this session would be combined with the dBs tracks and some previous efforts with Soft Boys Robyn, Matthew and Morris into a ‘mini album’. I had to supply artwork, which is why the the sleeve shows cartoons of an odd croziered character and some Gothic windows; they were free and that was the limit of my drawing ability.
Eighteen years of Katrina and the Waves followed, then my first intentional solo album, Tunnel into Summer, in 2000; so in effect Tunnel is my second solo album and Bible of Bop is my first, tho it wasn’t planned as a solo presentation as such- it’s more of a compilation of three different bands, all with other strengths, but here with me writing the songs and singing lead vocals (aargh!)
2002’s Great Central Revisited is number three and the first over whose subsequent fate I’ve had any influence, thanks to the very sympathetic Ralph Alfonso of Bongo Beat Records. This one and all the subsequent albums are available on CD Baby. Happy listening!



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